Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book overload.


When I went upstairs to get the book I’m reading, “The Wildfire Season” by Andrew Pyper (which, btw, I bought for only P50 because of this sale at National Book Store!), I randomly remembered those books I’ve always intended to finish but never had the chance to. These books have been in my so-called book library since forever. I vividly remember being able to touch them since… last summer! It’s even been almost a year. “The Winner Stands Alone” should be already in the books-already-read list.

Anyway, if I may add, I chose the Pyper’s book out of all the books present at the sale last week because it’s got some catchy feeling on the title cover. Not all books talk about wildfires! So might as well try.

Meanwhile, as I was enjoying my spare time with Tumblr after a long time, this post from Crae of followandreblog caught my attention from my present activity of watching Leighton Meester’s movie, “The Roommate.” Might as well share it with everyone:

Seven deadly sins — seven lively Asian cities. We all stray off the path of righteousness from time to time.

So if you’re going to end up in hell due to a temptation to eat more than your fair share of stinky tofu, take a detour to Taipei first. Or if pride’s your vice, take a turn toward Manila.

These Asian cities take a sin and turn it into a raison d’être. 


1. Gluttony: Taipei, Taiwan

Cheap eats, everywhere, day or night. 

Taipei sports 18 streets dedicated to nothing other than food. Where you might usually expect a bus shelter, instead you’ll find a barbecue. Sidewalks become snack stalls. The pungent smell of stinky tofu fills the air. 

Night markets in Taipei have become famous for their snack selections, or xiaochi, literally meaning “small eats.” 

The dishes may be little, but so are the prices, running around US$1-2 dollars. A fat gut never came so easily. 


2. Sloth: Seoul, South Korea

Seoul’s Internet has been honed, sculpted, streamlined and sped up to such a degree that no one really needs to move, at all, ever, except maybe when the orc hordes descend in “World of Warcraft” and some rapid double-clicking is required.

South Korea has been ranked the 15th laziest country in the world (and the first in Asia) by The Daily Beast. And there’s every reason to assume they’ll get even lazier. 

A recently proposed government policy seeks to advance digital technology in the capital, partly influenced by demand for online gaming and streaming video, and will take Internet speeds to 1,000 Mbps by 2012. 

So if some of the 39 million connected South Koreans wanted to emulate their favourite national soccer heroes, they may as well just do it via “FIFA Manager.”


3. Pride: Manila, Philippines

Much is made about the loveliness of the Filipino female. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to the Filipino men — they’re too busy gazing lustfully into the mirror.

According to a study from Synovate, Filipino men are the most narcissistic in Asia. A whopping 48 percent consider themselves sexually attractive.

And if the ladies reading this think the guys’ encounters with the brow tweazers are for your benefit, sorry — nine out of 10 Filipino men polled said they liked to look good for themselves, not anyone else.  

By way of comparison, just 25 percent of men in Singapore considered themselves sexually attractive, 17 percent in China and Taiwan and a measly 12 percent of Hong Kong guys think the same. 


4. Greed: Shenzhen, China

The financial crisis is for suckers.

When everyone else was tightening the belts, Shenzhen carried on regardless, pumping out billions of dollars worth of high-tech products.

Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with a provincial GDP of US$42 billion — that’s more than some countries such as Guatemala and Lebanon, and four times more than Iceland. 

Meanwhile, China’s millionaires keep millionairing — it won’t be long before there are 1 million U.S. dollar millionaires in the country, guided by Shenzhen’s philosophy: if you can’t make a million, make a billion.


5. Lust: Tokyo, Japan

According to “Pink Box” author Joan Sinclair, “Japan offers absolutely everything imaginable.”

From gratuitous puke porn (and worse) to the barely titillating maid cafes, Tokyo is like a dirty old man in a teenager’s body. But one who celebrates his lewd desires with the gusto of an exhibitionist poodle on heat.

Head here to indulge your fetishes or simply to have yourself bathed by a pretty young thing in a uniform. 


6. Envy: New Delhi, India

More Indians emigrated in 2010 than any other nationality in the world except for Mexicans, according to the World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011. 

Some 11.4 million Indians headed elsewhere to find a better life, drawn by the lure of things done properly. 

India, and its capital New Delhi, has the world’s worst case of grass-is-greener syndrome.


7. Wrath: Pyongyang, North Korea

Pugnacious, belligerent, quarrelsome … the North Korean capital is the moody adolescent of the continent. But unlike most spotty delinquents who express their angry insecurities by piercing body parts or coloring their hair, this one sinks ships and shells islands. 

North Korea’s national sport is Taekwondo. If there’s a food shortage, the military get served first. Propaganda films talk of the “invincible power” of the North Korean army and posters in the capital state, “The way to peace is on the point of a bayonet.”

Its army comprises nearly 1 million troops, out of a nation of 24 million. 

Still, the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il does claim to have made the world’s best ever golf score— an astonishing 38 under par on a regulation 18-hole course incuding five holes-in-one. And that on his first ever attempt, too.

Perhaps he’s not so bad.

Are we in.. or out?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

My summarized reason for blogging is…


Some random crap just dawned upon me. That is, I could never live without a blog. It’s probably my online life now since I could do whatever I want with this, my personal space in which I could possibly hide anything from my parents at the very least.


My second Blogspot blog, I deleted the first one :( First entry ever written in here was February 2, 2006 with (lol, jejemon attack):

my name is frances lim and i study at shs... first post ko toh...wala lang...hehe... galing kaming bicutan ngayon at bumisita sa rehab center... camp bagong DIWA... pangalan pa ng section namin ung rehab na un... natural nag-interview kami nung mga lalabas na ng rehab...hehe... ang unang ininterview namin ung mga higit na mas matatanda sa amin...mga 23 and kuya ronald and kuya eugene ung second naman mga medyo mas matanda sa amin mga 7 to 14 y/o. one on one yun... ung ininterview ko 14 y/o na lalaki... 3 y/o pa daw sya andun. ang tahimik nga nya e... ako na lang palagi nagtatanong [natural interview nga e...]. pero madaldal daw talaga sya sabi ng iba... may nalaman ako.... ang mag-bf o gf pala dun nag-uusap ng sign language... ang hirap noh? sinabi ng isang mas matanda na nagbabantay sa rehab... alam ko na ang sign language ng i love you at i hate you!!! bawal nga daw ituro sa amin yun e pero pinilit na lang namin nina arysse, bea at jamie... kaia ayun nalaman namin..hehe so umalis na kami ng 3:15 dun at dumating sa school ng 4:00... feeling ko iniiwasan ako nina ____________ ngayon.. hayyy... okay lang un... meron pa naman diyang ibang tao, dba?! hehe nayt na lang!!!


I first used Xanga around 2003. Xanga was that huge blogging platform around that  time and became a bandwagon among people who were so much into using the internet. Yep, including me. I remember, during that time, all I ever did with my blog was post chain surveys which were circulating everywhere I click a Xanga blog. Anyhow, being me as a Xanganian, or whatever you call us at that time, soon came to an end when I “discovered” Wordpress, Livejournal and Blogspot. Being the go-with-the-flow person that I am, I  tried the three and eventually, I got tired of being so obliged to update every single blog that I have. Plus, I signed up for numerous social networking sites just to satisfy my curiosity, take Myspace and hi5 as examples, so it really took up my time. Well, Wordpress could be the possible cleanest, really organized platform I encountered while Livejournal was where I posted most of my then random fandoms, JPop, anime, etc. (Yeah, I was also one of the people enticed to watch anime in my earlier times. Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, Flame of Recca and Ghost  Fighter!) However, I decided to just stick with Blogger… I don’t how I put my decision to use it for, like, forever since I befriended many people in here.


Livejournal blog circa 2009. This is possibly the most presentable blog I’ve ever had.


Third Blogspot blog. That makes the present my fourth one!

The interesting thing about blogging, though, as I could summarize it in just a little paragraph, is the blogger’s willingness to experiences his/her experiences to strangers, those people we, bloggers, have never met before. I don’t know, it just feels good to be of help and inspiration to others? (Though I doubt I ever inspired someone to blog. Haha, I’m not “fishing”!) Blog hopping, as we have may call it since the start of the blogging era, was such of great help to meet new friends not only in the country but, yes, also internationally. Oh diba, bongga? There were even instances that I’ve seen people discuss relevant matters in someone’s blog thus, creating a positive output if one takes these expressions into good consideration. Anyhow, the point of this is that, one of the greatest things I have ever received from years of blogging is the freedom of being able to vent whatever I wanna say and also to be able to relate it to other people with the same opinions, issues and lessons learned in life. It’s not everyday that you encounter someone with the same thoughts that you have, you know?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dahil gutom ako, idaan sa Chocolate Hills.

Just decided to post the photos inline just in case internet connection’s pissing us off XD

Sagabayan Peak, LEVEL 1 of the awesome view of the Chocolate Hills.

Main tourist view for the Chocolate Hills Carmen, Bohol.

Who ever thought that this whole forest scenery was man-made? (The Man-Made Mahogany Forest)

Loboc River Hanging Bridge. Inihaw na saba :”> Pamalit sa turon,

The view of Loboc River from the mountains. First picture: the P250 buffet eat-all-you-can floating restaurant.  Second picture is of some Kreeyans riding the cable car and the third one is supposed to be the… zipline. Hahaha!


I’d love it if you look at the rightmost wall. Have you seen anything?

*insert Wow Philippines-Leaving on a jetplane remix*

Oh, it’s Friday todayyy :D

Thursday, April 14, 2011

“Ang ganda ko!”


- Sabi ng Pilipinas

Oo, itong post na ito ang papansin ngunit… ate, koya, napansin mo na ba ang ganda ng bansa mo? Nagsimula kami sa Cebu (akala mo, tumu-tour sa buong Pilipinas eh HAHAHA), ngayon naman ay ang tahanan ng mga tarsier!

Daungan ng mga bangka/barko sa Tagbilaran, Bohol

Sa paligid at loob ng simbahan ng Dauis.

Palabas ng Kweba ng Hinagdanan

“Pipicture-an ko ho kayo doon sa labasan ng kweba para naman may proof kayo na lumabas kayo ng kweba… at hindi kayo lumabas ng imburnal”

- ang aming “ispektakyular!” na tour guide

Simbahan ng San Agustin, Panglao, Bohol

Bohol Bee Farm

Gusto mo ng pandan ice cream?

Ang…. BITS… este, languyan sa Dimaluan

Gusto kong pasalamatan ang i-sponsor ng bakasyong ito.

Ikatlong kabanata, susunod!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The sun rises at the “Queen of the South”

Departure time from Manila was around four in the morning that we had to get up really early. Two hours of sleep was….

Our first stop after eating breakfast at Jollibee and dropping off the hotel was the Magellan’s Cross.

Meet my “Japanese” cousin

The Sto. Niño Basilica

The Cebu City Cathedral

Oh yes, that’s the Ayala Mall in Cebu. Probably one of the malls with the best view.

Fresh seafood in "Neo Neo." You can’t definitely miss this out when you decide to go to a trip to Cebu! The best ihaw-ihaw restaurant I have ever gone to!

Uncles picking out which ones to be cooked.

A photo with my “Chinese” cousin this time XD (One Chinese man mistook him as a Chinese during our HongKong trip, that’s why.)

That’s it, for now! I’ll post more when I have time tomorrow :D Bohol pictures, coming up!

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